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approaching. congress is cutting it close to avoid the fiscal cliff yesterday senate majority leader harry reid blasted speaker boehner for letting lawmakers go on vacation. house makers are not due back until sun -- house lawmakers are not due back until sunday. boehner said the house will take action on whatever the senate can pass. >>> all the early season rain and snow we've been getting has water experts optimistic about california's water supply. the storms have replenished many reservoirs snow has increased snow back to nearly 150% of normal. >> partial supply in the barn either in reservoir storm or snow pack. however, it still depends on the remainder of the season 2/3 of the wet season is still let. >> snow pack runoff normally provides cal with a third of its water supply. >>> more -- more water on the way. >> this storm is so close to the coast it probably won't get snow in the sierra. good morning. because the storm is so close to the coast we have a high surf advisory be detail out there, dangerous rip currents as the storm passes today through tomorrow. beautiful picture fro
with leaders from capitol hill hoping to avoid the fiscal cliff. spending cuts and tax hikes will go into effect unless lawmakers can broker a deal. >> reporter:cx$z president obama will4zkn:eÑ with congressional leaders later today at the white house. it may be too late for a deal. there are just four days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. >> i have to be honest mr. president, i don't know timewise how it can happen now.((?u >> reporter: harry reid lashed out at house speaker bane area out at house speaker bane area caution him ofrm" dictatorship. >> boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> reporter: republicans blame democrats. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank cheque or anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. that wouldn't be fair to the american people. >> reporter: president obama flew home early from his speaker boehner call the house back into town for an unusual sunday session. members of congress understand the 11th hour actions may n
on what could keep the nation from falling off the fiscal cliff. >> there is an app for just about everything, now, being cute on video. >>> there is movement in wad on a possibly tax cut deal that could avoid the dread td fiscal cliff. president met with house and senate leaders from both parties. president obama later revealed senate majority and minority leaders working behind closed doors right now to koum come up with a deal. he says he's optimistic but he talked about a back up plan. >> will urge senator read to bring a basic package to preproe detective the middle class from a hike. >> no details given but sources indicate the president did not make a new offer to republicans and pushed for a bill stopping looming tax increases on families earning less than $250,000 a year. >> a 24-year-old woman charged in qex killing of two volunteer firefighters in upstate new york on christmas eve. dawn nguyen accused of file filing a falsified business record, investigators say charges relate to purchase of an ar 15 rifle, and 12 gauge shotgun the shooter had when the firefighters were
capitol hill today, hoping to avoid the fiscal cliff, combination of spending cuts and tax hikes with will go into effect unless lawmakers can broker a deal before the end of the year. will meet with congressional white house. it may be too late for a deal. there are just four days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. jive to be very honest mr. president, -- >> i have to be very honest mr. president, i don't know time-wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid]vtkÑ lashed ot at speaker boehner accusing him of running a tar forship. >> john boehner seems to -- >> reporter: republican leaders blame democrats for the standoff and say there are limits to a compromise. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank cheque or anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. that wouldn't be fair to the american people. >> reporter: president obama flew home early from his hawaii vacation yesterday. speaker boehner call the house back into town for an unusual sunday session. members of congress understand the
year's midnight hour when tax hikes and budget cuts swoop ground the fiscal cliff. the two senate leaders, harry reid and mitch mcconnell are working on a stop-gap bill. >> at some point it appears there are things that stop us from moving forward. i hope we're not there, but we're getting real close. >> i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done but i need a dance partner. >> the legislation would prevent tax increase for roughly 98% of american workers, extend unemployment benefits set to expire for some two million people, and prevent a huge cut in payments to medicare doctors. >> we should go ahead and introduce legs that would make sure middle class taxes stay where they are and should be an up or down vote. >> a deal won't necessarily pass congress by monday night. if it doesn't, virtually everybody's income taxes will go up. the average family would pay an extra $3,462 in 2014. and farm programs would expire, potentially doubling the price of milk, and if congress doesn't pass new bill? >> we'll come back with a new congress on january 4th and the first bill on th
as the nation moves closer to the the brink of the fiscal cliff with massive spending cuts and tax hikes cut to automatically kick in. lawmakers will get down to work starting at 10:00 this morning our time. senate negotiators are trying to come up with a last-minute compromise to present to the house. president obama says any bipartisan bill has to extend unemployment benefits, affecting some 2 million americans. he says it must increase taxes on the highest income earners. the president knows neither side is going to get everything they want, and he thinks it's time for house republicans to compromise. it is very important for republicans in congress to say we aren't going to get 100%, at the need to compromise in order to solve problems. >> if there is enough in the agreement for republicans to be able to support it, and we can get a majority of republicans in the senate and a majority of democrats in the senate, then i think there's a good opportunity for a majority of democrats and republicans in the house. >> well, the stock markets appear to be betting against a compromise deal. the d
moves closer and closer to the brink of that fiscal cliff with massive spending cuts and tax hikes set to automatically kick in. they are trying to come up with a last minute compromise. president said any bipartisan bill would have to extend unemployment benefits affecting some 2 million americans. it would also have to increase taxes on the highest income earners. >> just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. the economy is growing, but keeping it that way means that the folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top two percent of americans won't even pay one-third of the annual interest that's now owed on the massive $16 trillion debt. >>> the house returns tonight just one day before a deal needs to be reached. it's likely negotiators will be burning the midnight oil as the clock ticks down to 2013. >> much more on the fiscal cliff this morning on abc's "this week i charles shumer of new york and republican senator john kyle of arizona debate the last-minute efforts. that's coming up at 8:00 this
, if the bill is signed. >>> president obama is cutting short his holiday to resume fiscal cliff negotiations. the white house says the president will leave hawaii tonight on a red-eye to washington. lawmakers have less than a week to come up to agreement on how to avoid tax increases and spending cuts set to go into effect january. the first lady and the couple's two daughters will remain in hawaii for another 10 days. >>> for the first time starbucks' employees are being asked to write other than names on cups. the chain is asking employees in washington, d.c. to scribble the words "come together." as a message to lawmakers to settle the fiscal cliff. >> some spots blue skies, some parts grey clouds. >> interesting the colors you will see out there rainbow colors out there and we've had some in the south baylor, i'll show you one from mountain view, san jose we just had moderate rain roll through downtown, darker clouds off to the west there and that's what is going to head up into the santa cruz mountains shortly. one other advantage point, at least this side of san francisco, we are on th
that makes his legs immobile. >> congress cutting it close to avid the fiscal cliff. nation back into another recession, today, name calling picked up. boehner for letting lawmaker goes on vacation. house members not due back ununtil sunday. that is two days before the tax increases take affect. boehner is putting the ball in the court and says the house will take action on whatever the senate can pass. the president has spoken to senate and house leaders from both parties but had no plans to meet with congressional leaders tonight or tomorrow. >> three people have filed a federal lawsuit against city of san francisco arks kusing the police department of conducting illegal searches. this occurred at the henry hotel. saying police officers entered room was a master key provided by the hotel, then, began searching through personal belongings without warrants or just cause. thist@2p is camera footage of te searches by public defender last year. the suit filed by civil rights attorney john buress naming four officers. >> a slew of new laws set to hit the books january 1 from new rules on the road
the fiscal cliff. tax hikes and spending cuts are just hours away. >>> despite the looming cliff, party preparations are under way on this new year's eve. it's nearly time for the confetti and champagne as we welcome 2013. >>> and an emotional and triumphant return to the sidelines. for indianapolis colts coach chuck pagano. his team's inspired season isn't over yet.
to be very upset with this congress. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff would bring massive tax increases and deep spending cuts. the treasury department would have trouble paying its bills. many economists worry the financial woes would plunge the u.s. back into a recession. just one possible effect of the fiscal cliff. milk prices could spike $2 or $3 a gallon, because farm programs will expire at the end of the year. some are calling that dairy cliff. live in new york, wendy gillette. >> wendy gillette in new york. thank you. >>> the country has lost one of its great warriors. tributes are pouring in this morning for retired general norman schwarzkopf. the general died yesterday in tampa after a battle with pneumonia. schwarzkopf commanded "operation desert storm" that drove iraqi forces from kuwait. in retirement, he championed causes. norman schwarzkopf was 78. >>> now, to former president george h.w. bush's condition. his chief of staff says he will be in the hospital for a while. the 41st president is recovering from a terrible case of bronchitis with a series of complications. she says tha
, cutting his hawaii vacation short because of the looming fiscal cliff deadline. it is now just five days away. is there any movement on either side? how many more times can we ask this question of abc chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl, joining us this morning. dare i ask, where we stand this morning? >> reporter: good news and bad news. the president's coming back to washington. the senate's coming back. they're ready to strike a deal. the bad news, josh, no progress whatsoever. and, in fact, the treasury department said that the government on monday will hit the limit of how much money we can borrow to run the government. they're going to do some extraordinary measures to keep us going until february. but things look grim. the one sliver of good news i can say on the substance is, the speaker's office tells me this morning there has been contact between the speaker of the house and the president, at least on the staff level. and they won't say whether or not the two men actually spoke. >> contact. hazahs all around. we heard a lot about taxes that will increase. what do we
to fall off that fiscal cliff. if that happens, that would mean the end of the temporary payroll tax cuts. even if that doesn't happen, most believe taxes will go up next year. >> one of the things that is being floated right now is people are advising people to get out of dividend paying funds, high dividend yield funds and move more into tax exempt bonds and things like that that won't be taxed. >> the current budget negotiations between president obama and house speaker john boehner also could mean the reduction of the popular deduction for charitable contributions. >>- q. i if it came to the poi -- >> if it came to the point where i wasn't receiving my credit for helping out a charity or even helping them out in their situation, then why would i even help them out? >> statements like that that has the chief executive officer of the united way of the bay area and other nonprofits fighting to obtain charitable deductions. >> it would be a mistake to think thereth was only a benefit for high income people. 24r* are many, many donors who itemize their taxes, and they take advantage of the
vacation short to try to cut a deal as that fiscal cliff nears. now just six days until higher taxes for all americans. and tonight, a white house official is placing the burden of not getting a deal on leaders of congress. one official saying the hits from our economy are not coming from outside factors, they're coming from congressional stupidity. some members of congress do return tomorrow. these comments come just as barbara walters prepares for her "nightline" special tonight. her sitdown at the white house with the president and the first lady. and tonight here, some rare personal questions answered about their own relationship and their girls. one of whom just got her first cell phone. >> reporter: i want to talk a bit about the girls. we have been watching them grow up from little girls to young ladies. now, malia recently got her first cell phone. do you monitor it? and see who she calls or who she texts? >> i give my daughter, at this age, i give her a long rope. you know, and there is monitoring, because we have rules, but monitoring may be, you never know when i'm going t
the car and threw it into traffic where it was run over. >> turning now to the fiscal cliff. it's cost americans more money in tax asks caused deep cuts to many programmer autos there is no deal. right now, congressional leaders said to be close toon agreement f it happens it won't be until tomorrow at earliest. >> abc 7 news has been monitoring the back and north and joins usry. mark, safe to say we may go over the cliff but not to a crash landing. >> you're right that. is a good way to put it. just hours until the fiscal cliff deadline, house republicans have pulled a plug. this, after both senate and white house made it clear a deal was very close. >> president obama told supporters this afternoon that there has been progress in avoiding a hike in middle class tax autos preventing that tax hike has been my top priority. >> the president said the deal being worked outwqjx between the senate republican leader mcconnell and vice president will extend current tax rates for households making up to $450,000 per year, increasing estate tax rate from 35% to 40%, and extend unemployment bene
to meet tomorrow. the house, no plans to convene and no fiscal cliff negotiations have been scheduled. >> and taxpayers facing uncertainty as we head into the new year with the government on the edge of the fiscal cliff. >> for many of us, strategize might not apply this year. >> this is a different year, and there is unknown fate of two popular tax deductions for middle class. deductions for chairitable contribution asks and for home mortgages. when it comes to year end finances old rules may not add up this year. >> it's very difficult to do any type of tax planning and advising because nobody knows what is going to happen. >> much uncertainty centers around whether the united states is about to fall off that fiscal cliff. if that happens would it mean the end of the tear tax cuts. most believe taxes will go up next year. >> one of the things now is that people are advising people to get out of high dividend funds and move into tax exempt bonds that won't be taxed. >> the current negotiate yigs between the president and house speaker could mean the reduction of the general deduction
on averting the fiscal cliff. the president and the first lady spent part of christmas visiting troops at the marine base in honolulu. the president will be back in d.c. tomorrow morning. lawmakers have less than a week to agree on now to avert cuts. >>> starbucks is hoping a few keywords will encourage republicans and democratses to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. this morning the ceo shulz asked all of his washington, d.c. employees to , come together. >> if you are looking to turn that ugly sweater -- to return that ugly sweater from aunt imagine, today may not be the best -- day. >>> good morning. more signs of recovery in the housing market numbers show home prices climbed in the 12 months through october by the most in more than two years more than 4% gain if you look on the month-to-month increase, san francisco coming in number five, las vegas had the biggest monthly gain. christmas is over, let the returns begin. if you received any gifts you don't want, you might want to wait a few days to return it. today is the worst days to do returns because the lines are longest,
where the weather is just as frigid as the political climate inside. fiscal cliff talks appear to be going nowhere. the president is trying to hammer out a deal before major tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1st. this morning harry reid launched a scathing attack on house republicans for not returning to washington. >> i can't imagine their con chens they are out wherever -- consciences they are out wherever they are and we are trying get something done. >> newly appointed senator flew back with the president today, left governor currently will replace the late senator daniel inouye. >>> that looming fiscal cliff is having a huge effect on the stock market today. you can see the dow is down 135 points over 1%, consumer confidence very low because of concerns that fiscal cliff will cause taxes to rise for everyone if congress tpaeults to work to the. >>> former president george higgs boson bush remains in intensive care he is -- george h.w. bush remains in intensive. doctors suspected he would be home in time for christmas but his condition worsened, he is alert and ta
until we all go over the fiscal cliff which would mean everyone's taxes will go up and sharp spending cuts will go effect that could drive our economy back into recession. to abc news white house correspondent jonathan karl filling in today for george stephanopoulos as host of abc's "this week." >> hey, jon, good morning. i know today and tomorrow obviously hugely important. can you sort of walk us through the potential order of operations? what could we see play out today and tomorrow? >> well, it is right down to the wire, dan. what's happening right now is harry reid and mitch mcconnell, the top democrat and republican in the senate are still negotiating their staffs at this hour. they are supposed to be working until about 3:00 this afternoon when the plan would be presented to both caucuses. as we understand what they are talking about is the bare minimum. basically the senate negotiating to extend those tax cuts for everybody making under $250,000 a year and do extend unemployment benefits also they're talking about trying to do something to stop the automatic spending cuts that
the fiscal cliff. this is video of the president and the first lady departing honolulu yesterday after visiting with troops. mrs. obama and the couple's two daughters are scheduled to remain in hawaii until january 6th. the president willey for washington this evening. lawmakers have less than a week to come to an agreement on how to avert tax increases set to go into effect in january. . >> in new york police have found a bed in the burned out home of the man who killed two firefighters monday. the victim is believed to be the gunman's 67-year-old sister. a vigil was held monday night for the firefighters. two other firefighters in the hospital. police say ex-convict william spengler armed himself with three weapons and set his house on fire to lure first responders into a trap he kill himself. police say he left a rambling three page note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and kill as many people as possible. he did not give a motive >> the world'sdhfhñ longest high speed rail line is up and running in china. the first bullet train left beijing this morning. the line con
's sending lawmakers a scaled down plan to avoid that fiscal cliff. abc 7 mark matthews brings us up to speed on gridlock. >> sticking point continues to be tax cuts z in starting to look like no deal before the january 1 deadline. this may already be too late. five days until the fiscal cliff. hairy reid admitted a deal seems unlikely. >> i have to be honest. i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reid called john boehner a dictateor and paintin painting -- pointing blame on him. >> we're here in washington working. wile members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and baseball. john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership. >> the republican leader says the democrats have failed. the only reason democrats have been trying to deflect attention on to me and my colleagues over the past few weeks is that they zront a plan of their own. >> the president return forward a last minute push before leaving on vacation in hawaii. he had separate phone conversations but it isn't clear talks helped. >> hopefully there is time
's still no deal preventing the economy from going over the fiscal cliff. members of congress are pointing fingers over who is to blame for the lack of progress to prevent tax hikes and spending cuts. connecticut's independent senator joe lieberman expects congress to work right up to the new year's eve deadline. but he's not even sure that's going to be enough. >> it's the first time i feel it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not, and if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time. >> the president and congress are on short holiday breaks right now. due back later in the week. one possibility is a partial deal on taxes while putting off an agreement on spending, therefore kind of kicking some of the can down the road, once again. >> and that seems to be what congress is good at. no problem ever gets solved. there's no grand bargain. we heard that term tossed around. seems like we just do a little bit and then say oh, we'll get to it by summer and get to it by the fall. and nothing substantive really g
the country from going over that fiscal cliff. >>> big break in mysterious murder of a south bay millionaire. >>> health care for secretary of state clinton. new d ñ this december 31st, new year's eve, the last day of 2012, we are starting out you can see in this live picture from the embarcadero looking across the bay, it is a frosty but clear and dry start just looking at that you know tv set the picture, you can probably tell the chill that is out there. thanks for joining us i'm kristen sze >>> and i'm katie marzullo in for eric thomas. we'll hand it over to mike. >>> issue out there, black ice on san pablo dam road near inspiration point may have caused accident. not only frosty conditions but the possibility of black ice this will happen again tomorrow morning coolest morning will be wednesday something to think about. here's a look at live doppler, high clouds have moved on, hitting our coldest temperatures of the morning now, that means 30s in a lot of areas around the bay to 44 in san francisco, mid to upper 40s at noon, low! 50s with a few high clouds and sunshine this afternoon,
now on his way back to washington from hawaii to try to reach a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. he boarded air force one overnight and will be arriving in maryland around 8:45 this morning. the president cut short his vacation. democrats and republicans have just four days to reach a deal before mandatory budget cuts and tax increases kick in january 1st. >>> new senator representing hawaii will arrive on capitol hill today. lt. governor will fill the seat left vacant by the death of senator daniel inouye. he was chosen from a list of three yesterday. the 40-year-old has served as state lawmaker and chairman of the hawaii democratic party. he will serve until an election in 2014. >>> lance armstrong has until today to appeal the ban imposed on him. he lost his seven titles december 6th, when the international cycling<ç÷%Ñ union banned him from the sport for life. penalties came after the united states anti-doping agency hit him with similar sanctions for using banned substances. armstrong did not appeal. it appears he won't challenge this latest ban. >>> gun buy-back i
likely we will go over the fiscal cliff following the failure of joan boehner to get higher taxes on wealthy americans. if the president and congress can't agree, government spending cuts and tax hikes will kick in automatically. market watchers feel it could push the competent back into recession. >> carolyn: instapgram has triggered a class action lawsuit. the claim was filed against facebook that owns the service. infagram that changed its terms of service. idea was abandoned after an outcry from users. lawsuit alleged they breached the contract with users in tweak that go policy. facebook has not responded to the suit. >> dan: a new requirement that forces california lawmakers to drive their own cars for legislative business is paying off. they report the state has saved $240,000, n taxpayer money since the new rule went into effect one year ago. california lawmakers were given a car paid by the state. this year that practice ended. they must drive their own cars, the savings was achieved because many legislators cut their driving habits in half. >> carolyn: big television scr
now and there is still no deal preventing the economy from going over that now infamous fiscal cliff. members of congress are still pointing fingers over who is to blame for the lack of progress. to prevent the tax hikes and spending cuts from aching effect january 1st. meanwhile, connecticut's independent senator, joe lieberman, expects congress to work right up until the new year's eve deadline. he's not sure that will be enough. >> it's the first time that i feel like it's more likely that we'll go over the cliff than not. if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time. >> the president and congress are on short holiday breaks. they're due back later in the week. one possibility in all of this mess is a partial deal on taxes while putting off agreement on spending until some time down the road. >>> former president george h.w. bush may be spending christmas in the hospital. he's been there since thanksgiving. he's battling bronchitis and a lingering cough. doctors say he's in stable condition but needs to
home. >>> now, to the fiscal cliff, still looming large as president obama returns to the white house this morning. the president cut short his christmas vacation in hawaii to get back to washington. congress will also be in session today, amid fading hope that a deal could be reached by the new year. no agreement would mean deep spending cuts and historic tax hikes for virtually every american. >>> officials in newtown have a message for people who want to send gifts to the grief-stricken town. please don't. they say gifts, from school supplies to artwork, have arrived in such numbers, they overwhelmed the small community's ability to process them. a fund established after the shooting to support newtown has grown to $3.5 million. >>> meanwhile, hundreds of schoolteachers plan to attend firearms training today in salt lake city. the 200 teachers come from districts across utah. they have volunteered for the concealed weapons training. it's offered every year. organizers say in past years, only a few dozen teachers attended the training. they're expecting an overflow crowd because of
to washington from hawaii to try to reach a deal to avoid fiscal cliff. 8president boarded air be arriving around 8:45 our time this morning. the president cut short his holiday vacation. democrats and republicansqló hae four days to reach a+%sxç deal before mandatory budget cuts and tax increases kick in on >>> netflix wants to get into the social networking game. >> new ceo of yahoo plans to make appearance at upcoming electronics show in las vegas. >>> goodÚç morning ellen. >>> good morning. the big consumer electronics of -- marissa mayer, a lot of hope she is expected to be there. she is an ing partiesanaÑ, one-on-one meetings trying -- trying to reestablish the sometimes rocky relationship that yahoo has had with 17 minutes into the trading session little change, we are seeing gains, for the dow, for the nasdaq as well as s&p. bloomberg index has been in the negative since we opened, a lot of wait and see about what is going to happen now that the president and congress are returning to washington today to deal with fukushima daiichi -- to deal with the fiscal omq= cliff issu.
to try to reach a deal about the so-called fiscal cliff he boarded air force one overnight and will be aliveing at andrews in maryland 8:45 our time this morning he cut short his vacation, democrats and republicans have four days to reach a deal before mandatory budget cuts and tax increases kick in january 1st. >>> at least 200 teachers will get concealed weapons training in utah today, overflow crowds are expected when gun rights advocates waive usual fee for teachers. the training tolls the shooting tragedy in newtown, connecticut. gun groups believe teachers can act more quickly than law enforcement in those critical first minutes to protect children. >>> gun buy-back event in los angeles is being called a huge success, you can see why. people in their cars lined up for miles yesterday to turn in their firearms. event is held once a year and takes place in the spring, the mayor moved it up to take advantage of the outrage over the connecticut school massacre, the city gave away up to $200 in grocery gift cards. >>> lance armstrong has until today to appeal the ban impos
fiscal cliff. there are five days remaining before hikes are scheduled to take affect. senate due back in session tomorrow nork indication of new proposals on the table. no word of negotiations sessions being scheduled, either. >> still ahead here at 5:00 a controversial battle that shut down a popular recycling center comes to an end. looming deadline for a 30-year-old institution. >> and a bed bug outbreak in the east bay. unique boot camp officials hope will use to squash a growing problem. >> a warning about hidden fees on gift cards that may whittle away the value. did you get one? want to see that report. the news continues in one minute. >>> a san francisco recycling center is scheduled to be closed this weekend. the neighborhood counsel's recycling center has been fighting falls for city hall to be shut down since 1996. the city says this operation has been attracting the homeless. saying they're hoping to turn it into a community garden. the center says collection day will be on december 30th. >> the city of los angeles holding a gun buy back today to take advantage of the out
, president obama and the top lawmakers meet today at the white house on the fiscal cliff. any compromise is expected to include an extension of the middle class tax cuts with increased rates at upper incomes. spending cuts could also be canceled. ahead of those talks, plenty of blame is being spread around already. >> john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> hopefully there's time for an agreement of some kind. >> speaker john boehner called the house back into session for a highly unusual sunday evening session just in case. >>> an unexpected consequence of the fiscal cliff stalemate could mean sticker shock at your grocery store. milk prices could soon spike to $8 a gallon. wow. congress has been so bogged down with the fiscal cliff, the farm bill is still on the table. if congress does not pass it, dairy subsidies would immediately end on january 1, and those subsidies have been keeping milk prices low for 63 years. >>> the price of curbside parking in chicago is going up january 1. parking meters will charge $
number one is avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> unless the president obama and congress can reach a deal by the new year, tax increases and spending cuts will automatically take effect. >> and the clock is ticking. >>> of course, when we look back at this year, president obama's re-election was one of the biggest political stories of the year. all others, you could say, they pealed in comparison. >> with the first of our year-enders, here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: to win a second term, president obama had to overcome a well funded opponent, a struggling economy, and voters' doubts that he had the right agenda to turn the nation around. [ chanting ] >> all: four more years! >> reporter: and after a roller coaster season, he got them. mitt romney may have started off at the frontrunner, but to win the republican nomination, he had to fend off some feisty challengers. >> he's the worst republican in the country to put up against barack obama. >> the odds are very high i'm going to be the nominee. >> reporter: and overcome some self-inflicted wounds. >> i like being able to fire pe
the fiscal cliff. the president and first lady spent part of their christmas visiting troops on the marine base in honolulu. mrs. obama and the couple's hawaii until january 6th. the president will leave hawaii tonight. lawmakers have less than a week to agree on how to avert tax increases said to go into effect in january. >>> holiday gift-giving season brings a fresh crop of electronic waste. christmas doesn't bring many happy returns, especially today. >> here's this morning's bloomberg business report. >>> good morning. christmas is over, let the returns begin say you are not a big fan of that sweater from your aunt you may want to wait a few days before heading back to the stores, the day is the worst day to return unwanted gifts the lines are the longest, clerks burned out from the holiday madness. holiday retail sales up less than a percent from last year, worst than what had been expected. worries over the if can and hurricane sandy disrupting shopping. don't forget to recycle old devices you don't want. a company called green citizen tells bloomberg it expects to see a 30% rise in
not make a deal, here is how the physician physician -- the fiscal cliff could affect you. a middle class family would pay $2,000 more per year. gas prices will likely fall because people will spend less on fuel. you may see longer lines at the airports. budget cuts could leave the tsa with fewer checkpoint and retail prices may fall because declining consumer confidence would push down prices to get shoppers in the stores. we shall see. the clock is ticking. >>> moving on to something very different now. a young woman who was brutally gang raped and beaten in india has died of her injuries. the trauma to her body was too severe to overcome. and now in san francisco and around the world, a growing chorus demanding greater protection for women there. ama is here with the locale effort to force change. ama? >> the woman's name has not been made public, but people in india are calling her damini. in hin de it means lightning. it is planned as a peace vigil in honor of the rape survivor. the group didn't learn she died until just before the vigil. >> it is horrible. it is very, very sad. >> c
about running off the fiscal cliff. the deadline for preventing tax hikes and government spending cuts is just one week from today. the president and congress return to washington later this week. it's likely they'll work right to new year's eve. one possibility is striking a deal on taxes but leaving the spending for later. >>> overseas now, where an american has been killed by an afghan policewoman. the attack took place at police head quarters in kabul. where there have been similar insider attacks, this is the first time a female security officer has been involved. >>> the nra is not backing away from its call for armed officers in our nation's schools. and the group vows to fight any effort by congress to strengthen gun control laws. now congressman chris murphy, whose district includes newtown, calls the stance "tone deaf and revolting." >>> a real christmas gift, it would be getting to where you're going on time today. storms are causing major travel trouble throughout the nation. it's not only trying to get through snow-covered roads. rain and wind are grounding flights in the
. people who make between $75,000 to $100,000 will pay almost double that. news about the fiscal cliff has not been good with the president and congress far apart. if they can't agree on a budget plan by january 1st, government spending cuts will increase automatically. market watchers worry that it will put the country into a recession. >> dan: annual toy drive is in full swing. there are not enough toys so far. so a plea is going out to lefty o'doul's at union square. that is where tomas ramon is live with the story tonight. >> reporter: i seek behind me there are firefighters here, they are collecting toys that people are driving by and dropping off. they collected 4600 toys so far. it's far less than 15,000 they were hoping to collect so they are asking people if they can't want to give a toy for christmas drive by and drop off a gift. six-year-old jordan young has new toy cars for christmas. he is one of three dozen children who are getting gifts early. 8-year-old appreciate yachts what is being done for her neighbors. >> it is great especially the kids that don't have things. >> repo
to try to avoid that fiscal cliff. reena ninan is traveling with the president. she joins us, now, from honolulu, hawaii. reena, has there been any movement to try to reach a compromise here? >> reporter: it doesn't seem that either side -- the president or the white house has reached out to either side over this christmas break. no movement moving forward on these fiscal cliff talks. the focus will shift to the senate. they have to try to craft something together that will pass both the house and the senate. so, the burden is now on them to try to strike some sort of a deal. that's because on friday before congress left for christmas, the house was unable to get any sort of a deal passed through. >> and, reena, give us a play-by-play. what can we expect this week? where will the white house be focusing their efforts? >> reporter: right. as i mentioned, capitol hill, now, taking the emphasis over at the senate side. the other concern that the white house does have is to make sure that they come to their different party lines. the democrats want to see, obviously, the middle class not fa
the government could very well go over that fiscal cliff. now, just five days until everyone's taxes go up. how much for the average american family? here's our chief white house correspondent jon karl tonight. >> reporter: president obama cut short his hawaiian vacation, where storm clouds, real storm clouds, are gathering over the capitol. instead of deal making, it's name calling. the top democrat in the senate, accusing the republican speaker of the house of running a dictatorship. they say they haven't given up, but it sure sounds that way. >> i don't know, time-wise, how it can happen now. >> here we are, once again, at the end of the year, staring at a crisis we should have dealt with literally months ago. >> reporter: vice president biden made a rare appearance in the senate, not to negotiate -- >> i do. >> congratulations, senator. >> reporter: but to swear in a new democratic senator from hawaii. a vote the white house will need if the senate ever gets around to voting on a plan to avert the fiscal cliff. in the house, even less going on. the only hopeful words, from the house chaplai
that creates another fiscal cliff to deal with this if physical kliof. how irresponsible is that? >> and stock market burns, dropping for the fifth straight day. >> there is america and they should be working for the american people. >> parties are dying to outdo each other. >> get in the room and don't come out of that room until you have taken care of. >> leaders hope to put a plan together and bring it to the senate tomorrow, then by tomorrow night the house is back in session they can vote on any plan passed by the senate, but no one is holding their breath. >> katie: president obama is making alternative plans in case congress does not vote to avoid the cliff. president obama says if lawmakers don't reach a deal he will propose a different vote. >> i will urge the senate to hold an upper down vote to basic package, extends unemployment insurance and lays the ground works for future progress on more economic growth and deficit reduction. i believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities as long as they let it come to vote. >>> don't be surprised if you come across
the fiscal cliff. but no deal, as anger builds across the country, the clock is ticking. just four days left before taxes go up for all americans and federal programs see major cuts. we've shown you the math here. the average american household would see their tax bill go up nearly $3,500. this evening, president obama telling congress, the american people are watching what we're doing here. he appeared in the briefing room a short time ago. let's go right to jon carl tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. there are finally signs of life here in washington. after meeting with congressional leaders here at the white house, the president pronounced himself modestly optimistic that a bipartisan agreement can finally be struck that would prevent taxes from going up on virtually everybody in just four days. after meeting with the congressional leaders, the president said there would be one more effort to come to a bipartisan agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a p
the fiscal cliff, he can blame the republicans and he can do the tax cuts on the rich thing, he's the president. i mean, you know, as has been said, we don't really remember who the leader of the house was when hoover was president. i mean, you know -- ultimately it's his economy. >> it's his country and it's his economy and it's his government but i think one of the things that is instructive is that we are now down to such a tiny perspective deal, the tough issues are not being dealt with at all. even the sequestration which was supposed to be so horrible, these automatic cuts in defense, so horrible that we would never let them happen will almost certainly happen because there is not time to deal with that in the next 24 hours. >> it's a sad -- >> the frustrating thing for me isn't this what we really need to do? i think washington is incapable of making a deal that will help the country. what we're talking about here is a deal that's going to help the politicians. it'll help the president. we're arguing it's going to help boehner. that is not the problem. the problem is we h
to avoid the fiscal cliff by the end of the year. just about every american family will see their taxes increase on january 1 unless a deal is reached. but lawmakers are expressing very little optimism so far. meantime, the president spent christmas in hawaii, visiting a local marine base, thanking more than 100 troops and their families for their service. >>> and this morning, the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing at a major u.s. base in eastern afghanistan. three afghans, including a guard at camp chatman were killed in today's explosion. >>> and back here at home, former major league baseball player andruw jones is free on bond this morning. he was arrested near atlanta early christmas morning on a battery charge, after police responded to a call about a domestic dispute with his wife. >>> and netflix, they are apologizing for a christmas outage in its video streaming service. yes, it happened on christmas, a little untimely. it took ten hours to resolve the problem, which affected subscribers across the country. the company says it stemmed from a failure at am
of going over the fiscal cliff. we showed you aá](ny calculatoro help you estimate how much your taxes will go up. we'll take a look at how spending cuts will impact californians, in the bay area. >> mark, thank you. >> our other top story is the weather. another storm system hitting parts of the bay area, reservoirs are now at capacity because of the rain. >> here is a live look from our camera. looking north at the bay, and you can see there is cloud cover there. sandhya patel is tracking the storm's path on doppler 7 hd. >> i want to show you where sit raining now. not everyone is seeing moisture reaching the ground. as we take a look, you'll see where the moisture is actually reaching the ground. it's in the north bay. as we look from clover dale towards yu kaia, we're seeing light to moderate rain, eastside road taking you down to street level here, highway 101, there is some more moisture out here, but before we goat that, let's take you in tighter here, and you'll see that like i said, not all of this is reaching the ground. some is what we call verga. this is likely reaching he
, both sides, now, looming, four days from the fiscal cliff. everybody's taxes will be going up if we go over it. drastic budget cuts will be going into effect. and leaders in washington have agreed to talk there's a meeting scheduled this afternoon at the white house. abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl, joins us now to tell us what we can expect today. both sides agreeing to meet. we want to take a listen to sound from both sides. the looks of things, no one may be getting too far down the road. first, let's listen to what senate minority leader mitch mcconnell said yesterday on the senate floor. >> i told the president we'd be happy to look at what he proposes. but the truth is, we're coming up against a hard deadline here. and republicans aren't going to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> meanwhile, the senate majority leader, now, had even harsher words for gop leadership. >> the house of representatives is operating out the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dic
up with a small, kick-the-can down the road bill, that creates another fiscal cliff to deal with this fiscal cliff. how irresponsible is that? >> reporter: and does washington still, the stock market burns. dropping for a sixth-straight day under this uncertainty. americans are burning up, too. >> this is america. they should be working for the american people. >> can't believe we got this close. >> get in a room and don't come out of the room until you've got this thing taken care of. >> reporter: what the senate leaders hope to do is put together this deal, bring it to the senate tomorrow. then, the house comes back in session tomorrow night. they can vote on any deal passed by the senate. but bianna, no one is holding their breath here in washington. >> no one is, indeed. >>> for more on the big white house meeting, we want to bring in john avlon, political columnist at "the daily beast." a busy man covering all of this. how do you see this playing out? >> we're three days out. nothing focuses than the prospect of being hanged. today, bianna, is the key day. saturday, tod
, to return to washington. hoping to strike a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. >>> plus, deep discounts. if you're not sick of the mall just yet, you're going to find some great sales today. why a loss for retailers could be your gain. >>> and the holiday homecoming. one family never imagined was possible. how a chance encounter by a caring stranger put a dog-napped
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